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Russell Swann

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Russell Swann (1901-1980) was a successful comedy magician that performed in every major nightclub in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s.[1]

Russell Swann
BornWilliam Russell
October 31, 1901
Washington D. C.
DiedMarch 16, 1980 (age 78)
He was born William Russell in Washington D. C., the first of 10 brothers.

He studied under Thurston and became the first magician to play the Waldorf Astoria in New York. He became one of the highest paid nightclub performers of his day. He did command performances at the White House for both President Roosevelt and Truman. One of Russell's most famous routines was the Head Chopper.

He also appeared on TV and film, including two appearances on the Jackie Gleason Show.[2]



  2. Obit Genii 1980 June